Nematology

Nematology

The nematode research programme continues to be highly productive. Past and current research has allowed for the development of a number of potential biological control agents one of which is being commercialised. Entomopathogenic fungi are also being integrated into the research programme and the results are encouraging. The research on plant parasitic nematodes is seen as critical and will lead to a better management of these pests.

Expertise:
Integrated Pest Management Group
Soil Health Workgroup

Projects list

  • Mass culture and formulation of entomopathogenic nematodes for improved field application against key insect pests. (A Malan)
  • Evaluating the ability of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) for their ability to control populations of the obscure mealybug (Pseudococcus viburni) on apple foliage in field conditions. (T Platt)
  • Identification and characterisation of naturally suppressive soils specific to ring nematodes (Criconemoides xenoplax). (R Knoetze)
  • Ring nematode (Criconemoides xenoplax) resistance of South African bred rootstock selections in potted plant trials and high pH soils. (S Booi)
  • Control of the obscure mealybug, Pseudococcus viburni, using entomopathogenic fungi and nematodes in deciduous fruit orchards (N Stokwe and L Mathulwe) [Abstract]
  • Host status of certain cover crops for the root lesion nematode, a major pest of economic importance in apples. (R Knoetze) [Abstract]
  • Screening of apple rootstocks for resistance against the most prevalent Pratylenchus species affecting orchards in South Africa. (R Knoetze) [Abstract]
  • Incorporating entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi in an integrated pest management system for the control of codling moth. (A Malan and D Odendaal) [Abstract]
  • Nematode community structure and function as a bio-indicator of the effects of soil amendments on soil health in deciduous fruit orchards. (S Storey and C Kapp) – also Soil Health [Abstract]
  • Control of woolly apple aphid using entomopathogenic fungi. (N Stokwe and L Mathulwe) [Abstract]